Welcome from Producing Artistic Director Terri Kent | Porthouse Theatre | Kent State University

Welcome from Producing Artistic Director Terri Kent

We can't wait to celebrate our 50th Anniversary Season with you in the summer of 2018!

Dear Friends,

It is with great joy and excitement that I announce our 50th Porthouse Theatre season! In celebration of our past, with a nod to our future, we have selected the following shows.

Music, dance, laughs, and the age-old tale of Boy Meets Girl– no musical puts it on stage better than ANYTHING GOES! A hilarious shipboard romp, wrapped around one of Cole Porter’s most magical scores, the story concerns madcap antics aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London. The season opener will star Porthouse favorite, Sandra Emerick who will be reprising her role of Reno Sweeney from our 2008 season! MaryAnn Black is on board to choreograph this tap dancing caper and if you loved the dancing in NEWSIES!, just wait until you see Anything Goes! It’s Delightful. It’s Delicious! It’s Delovely!

Our second show of the season is the Pulitzer Prize winning musical, NEXT TO NORMAL. The Pulitzer Board called the show “a powerful rock musical that grapples with mental illness in a suburban family and expands the scope of subject matter for musicals.” NEXT TO NORMAL won three Tony Awards: Best Original Score, Best Orchestration and Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for Alice Ripley, who just happens to be an alumnus of Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance! You loved Amy Fritsche in VIOLET and 9-5. You won’t want to miss her performance as Diana in NEXT TO NORMAL!

We finish our 50th season with a show that turns 75 this year: OKLAHOMA! The first collaboration of famed partners Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, OKLAHOMA! set the American musical theatre standard. Set in Western Indian Territory just after the turn of the 20th Century, the spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the backdrop for the love story between Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a beautiful farm girl. The road to true love is anything but smooth, but there is no doubt that these two romantics will succeed in making a life together. As the road to romance and the road to statehood converge, Curly and Laurey are poised to spend their new life together in a brand new state: O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A - OKLAHOMA! Award winning choreographer John Crawford-Spinelli will reprise his work from the 2003 Porthouse production! As a special bonus to our subscribers we would like to offer you a unique opportunity.

I am looking forward to celebrating Porthouse Theatre’s 50th season with you! Every performance will include special surprises! You won’t want to miss one.

See you soon,

Terri Kent

Producing Artistic Director